Issue of April 19, 2015
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Fate of city’s historic places hangs in limbo

Conservation of the city’s historic, heritage, and cultural sites and landmarks is treading on a difficult path as many of these have not been “officially” recognized as such by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

UNDER ATTACK -- Makeshift commercial stalls mushroomed along the road leading to Sitio Pungayan within the Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve in Tuba, Benguet to take advantage of the influx of local tourists visiting “La Presa” where a popular television series is being filmed. If nothing is done by concerned local government units and agencies, the forest reservation will be a victim of environmental degradation due to accumulated wastes that may reach Amliang Creek nearby.
-- Redjie Cawis

PNoy pressed to bar mining in Kibungan
Close to a million tourists have visited the Summer Capital in 2014, with the month of December having the highest number of arrivals with more than one hundred thousand guests.

President Benigno Aquino III has been asked to exempt Kibungan, Benguet from large-scale mining operation to enable the town to protect its ancestral domain that consists mainly of prime agricultural lands.

Motion to reconsider cadet’s plea rejected

With finality, the Supreme Court denied the appeal of dismissed Philippine Military Academy cadet Aldrin Jeff P. Cudia.

DPWH urged not to revise TPLEX design
The provincial board of Pangasinan urged the Department of Public Works and Highways to fasttrack the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway without revising the plan as proposed by a former legislator.
HEARTWARMING -- A traffic aide, despite being tired from assisting motorists under the scorching heat of the sun, manages to help a group of minors pushing a cart of flowers that was stuck in traffic along Session Road. -- Ella Mae Membrere
EXPANDING SOCIAL SERVICES -- DSWD-CAR Dir. Janet Armas (4th from l), Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad, Kapangan Vice Mayor Manny Fermin, and representatives of other Benguet towns present the unified memorandum of agreement for the various programs and services of the agency, which is expected to benefit communities and residents, especially the indigent families.
-- Redjie Cawis
NOT ENVIRONMENT-SENSITIVE -- Another mature pine tree might fall anytime after its roots were severely damaged due to the expansion work at Leonard Wood Road. It was not immediately known if the DENR will summon the contractor and the DPWH to explain why the tree was affected by the road work .
-- Harley Palangchao
SHE NEEDS HELP -- Ginalyn Pa-ay carries her 18-month-old daughter ,Raciala Chloe, who was diagnosed to be suffering from acute lymphocytic leukemia or ALL. The family welcomes any assistance that may be extended to help the baby in her battle with the big C. -- Jerry Manaois
CHUGHA HAEYO! -- South Korean Shin Hyun Min, also known as Jennifer Shin, a government exchange employee, is honored by city government officials for rendering services to the city. She was assigned at the Tourism and Special Events Division of the City Tourism Office since May 2014. Earlier, city officials signed an MOU with its six sister-cities to strengthen friendship and promote development opportunities among the cities.
-- Bong Cayabyab
HIGHLAND DELICACY -- Salted pork meat commonly known as “etag” or “inasin” are on display for sale at Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province with price ranging from P250 to P300 a kilo. Etag has been part of the socio-economic and cultural life of the people in the northern highlands and it can’t be missed during special ceremonies like baptisms, weddings, thanksgiving, reunions, and culture-bound events. -- Ofelia Empian
HAVING FUN -- Indigenous games such as kadang-kadang and arm wrestling are being revived in most culture-bound festivals in the Cordillera especially in Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province in a bid to preserve the rich culture of the people in the northern highlands.
-- Harley Palangchao

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